Friday, August 29, 2008

Cincinnati Magazine's Top 25 Shops

Make sure you pick up a copy of the September issue of Cincinnati Magazine. Joseph Williams Home has been selected as one the best new 25 shops by their staff.

"Joseph Williams Home, 550 Reading Rd., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 721-3600,

When Contemporary Galleries closed earlier this year, downtowners lost one of the city’s foremost dealers of modern home accessories. Things were looking bleak until Fred Arrowood, a former accessories buyer for Furniture Fair and Thomasville, quietly opened Joseph Williams Home in January. The Reading Road space was gutted to look like the lofts its wares might someday occupy with cool blue walls and lots of brown. While the furniture collection could use a color infusion, Arrowood’s showroom has plenty of scrumptious accessories—a slew of bold mirrors in wood, copper, or steel frames that are reasonably priced for their size (ed. most under $199.99); steel-and-ceramic vases; and chrome floor and table lamps that harken back to a modish 1970s design ethos. And the chairs—with beautiful modern shapes and lines—save this shop from sitting down on the home design job. Standouts include the Owen in Jersey Pearl leather ($699.99), the Stylus Erin ($749.99), and the Best Mariko club chair ($499.99). If you’re looking for accessories and/or accents to finish the room, JWH just might have your last detail. • Kathy Y. Wilson "

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